Trail culture

Footprints for Change

My time on the PCT in 2021 shifted my perspective about my Footprints for Change mission. A beautiful aspect of Footprints for Change is that change is ever-evolving—like Nature and like myself.

Yes, I still believe we need more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) representation outdoors, and I ... Read more

In Memory of Pete Fish, Legendary PCTA Volunteer

We’re deeply saddened to report that after a battle with Lymphoma, legendary PCTA volunteer Pete Fish passed away on March 26. He was 90. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, three children, and four grandchildren.

The Pacific Crest Trail was a “second career” for Pete. After retiring from ... Read more

DEI Update: End of 2021

As we enter 2022, one of our highest work priorities is to realign PCTA with diversity, equity, and inclusion through a new strategic plan and “Mission, Vision, and Values” statements. In October, PCTA’s board extended our current strategic plan while adding language acknowledging our emerging DEI and climate change work... Read more

PCTA’s 2021 Annual Award Winners

The Pacific Crest Trail Association’s annual awards recognize people and partners for their extraordinary dedication to the Pacific Crest Trail. Below is a summary of those recognized throughout 2021. Some award winners listed were selected in previous years but were unable to be recognized until this year. The PCT will ... Read more

BearVault: Saving Wildlife From Our Food

As more people venture into the outdoors, properly protecting our food and other scented items is becoming more important than ever. It’s a popular belief when camping in the backcountry that we protect our food from wildlife for our own benefit—but in this video, BearVault owner Tracy Twist explains ... Read more

Introducing The Unity Blaze

Black Folks Camp Too is an organization whose mission is to promote unity in the outdoors while getting more of the Black community out enjoying nature. Created by founder Earl B. Hunter, Jr. and Steven Reinhold, the Unity Blaze is a symbol of respect and acceptance that means “Treat ... Read more